Set 1: 01. Cold Rain and Snow (09:24.46) 02. C. C. Rider (07:43.10) 03. They Love Each Other (09:45.10) 04. Beat it on Down the Line (04:43.23) 05. Althea > (07:51.35) 06. Cassidy (06:32.66) 07. West L. A. Fadeaway (10:36.33) 08. Hell in a Bucket > (05:39.73) 09. Might As Well (04:30.03)
Disc 2 Set 2: 01. Scarlet Begonias > (15:02.16) 02. Fire on the Mountain > (14:08.48) 03. Samson and Delilah (08:37.52) 04. He's Gone> (11:29.46) 05. Drums > (10:11.51)
Disc 3 01. Space > (11:43.25) 02. Throwing Stones > (08:49.29) 03. Black Peter > (06:56.03) 04. Sugar Magnolia (10:47.17) 05. E: U. S. Blues (05:23.28)
- First 5 minutes of Cold Rain and Snow has what sounds like a hot
drum. Might be the Bass Drum. . This is also on an alternate SBD
I have of this show.
- From 3:57 - 4:00 of C. C. Rider has the same problem as above.
- Level adjustments from the Soundboard throughout Fire on the
October 20, 2019 Subject:
Into the feed
Cameras were being readied for the NYE satellite feed, and this night was also captured (but is apparently not complete in the vault). There was also an FM feed via satellite, to mostly left-of-the-dial stations. Was there a vid simulcast with FM, or a satellite pay event for this night? Surprisingly, this was the first show at the Civic Auditorium (which is at the SF Civic Center; now the Bill Graham Aud.), and the first of 3 runs here. A multi-band show for 12/12/66 had been cancelled. First of a 4-night NYE run, this show comes up when talking about the delicious Scar>Fire.
First Set. A bad kick drum mic scrubs the Cold Rain & Snow opener and is changed out after the See, See Rider Blues. The next several are average, with a Beat it on Down the Line-20, and an Althea with a major lyrics muff (but nice ending). The first spark is the nice long intro to Cassidy. Then West L.A. Fadeaway is a little scrabbling, with mixes failing and sloppy playing creeping in to Hellina. On top of it, tech issues beset Might as Well. Nice setlist but kind of a wash.
Second Set. The top of this set is probably why you came here. Scarlet Begonias starts well enough, but the jam then puts it right over. The key here is to focus on the interplay overall (there's still an issue with Jer's mic and it's being manually switched on/off). This is pure '83 GD, and up there with 9/4 and 10/14. And then it gets better. Fire is just wow. Jer just wants to play. 29min of premium GD. The energy carries all the way into Drums. Deep into Space Bobby plays a Mind Left Body riff, but in the key of E instead of D. Later he plays a couple TOO teases, but when Jer bounces off this it becomes something different and he starts to play something more Spanish. A space for the trainspotters for sure. The rest is far from tight. Sugar Mag gets so loose that Jer forces Bobby to close his till. A strong encore leaves 'em happy spilling out into the Civic Center.
1st Set: C- 2nd Set: C+
Overall = 2½ stars
Scarlet Begonias>Fire on the Mountain - oft-mentioned with superlatives
SOURCES: The hinko_18222 is the levelled SBD. It runs too fast and needs -1.5% pitch correction, like all SBD sources. The miller_96167 comes from an alternate
SBD source; less complete, with some additional pitch errors. The Miller_17961 is the Silberman AUD. The 133049_mtx is the Rick Tobin matrix. The show is usually up on YouTube. The Scarlet>Fire is on the Scrapbook DVD.